Merimbula

Coastline near Merimbula, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 3851

Merimbula is a modern seaside town known for its surfing, fishing and oyster farming. Middens found in the area indicate that oysters were gathered here by Aboriginal people well before the arrival of Europeans. The town began as a private village belonging to the Twofold Bay Pastoral Association, who opened it as a port in 1855.

Visitor Information

2 Beach St; (02) 6495 1129 or 1800 150 457

www.sapphirecoast.com.au

Nearby national parks

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In Town

Merimbula Aquarium Twenty-seven tanks here present a wide range of sea life and an oceanarium showcases large ocean fish including sharks. Fish feeding time is 11.30am Mon, Wed and Fri (Mon–Fri in school holidays). Excellent seafood restaurant on-site. Merimbula Wharf, Lake St.

Old School Museum: town history displayed in excellent collection of photos, documents and memorabilia; Main St.

Scenic flights: view the Sapphire Coast from the air. Bookings through Merimbula Air Services; (02) 6495 1074.

Trike Tours: enjoy the beauty of the coast on three wheels; (02) 6495 2300.

Nearby

Pambula This historic sister village of Merimbula has excellent fishing on the Pambula River and a market 2nd Sun each month. Pambula Beach has a scenic walking track and lookout, with kangaroos and wallabies gathering on the foreshore at dawn and dusk; 7 km SW.

Magic Mountain Family Recreation Park: rollercoaster, water slides, minigolf and picnic area; Sapphire Coast Dr; 5 km N.

Tura Beach: resort town with excellent beach for surfing; 5 km NE.

Yellow Pinch Wildlife Park: peaceful bushland setting with array of native animals, birds and reptiles; 5 km E.

Oakland Farm Trail Rides: scenic trail rides to the Pambula River; Princes Hwy, South Pambula; 0428 957 257; 10 km SW.

Whale-watching (Oct–Nov), boat cruises and boat hire: bookings at visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Merimbula 1 km

Most visitors on family trips arrive at Merimbula with at least one fishing rod on board. Some give priority to the boat and tackle, then try to fit the family in around them. A good boat ramp is situated near the... Find out more


Pambula Lake 9 km

Pambula Lake, south of Merimbula, also known as the Broadwater, produces good catches of bream, dusky flathead, tailor, whiting, salmon, gummy sharks and mulloway. I fished this water with Bruce Libbis on one of his... Find out more


Tathra 20 km

Tathra is a great family destination with a mixed bag of fishing. Saltwater anglers can choose from estuary, surf, rock and blue-water, while freshwater offerings include streams and dams. The major fishing attraction... Find out more


Eden 25 km

Anyone looking for fishing variety should visit Eden. Angling opportunities include offshore game, reef, beach, estuary and pier. Eden nestles snugly on the shoreline of Twofold Bay and, unlike Merimbula and Narooma... Find out more


Lake Wonboyn 39 km

Lake Wonboyn is one of my all-time favourite spots. Located about halfway between Eden and the border with Victoria, this large estuary system suits serious anglers and families. Some visitors to this estuary stay in... Find out more


Green Cape 44 km

Anglers who fish the east coast often refer to the January–March period as the ‘magic quarter’, when the East Australian Current brings millions of baitfish that in turn attract large predators, like... Find out more


Bermagui 53 km

Bermagui is small fishing port but a world-famous gamefishing destination. It owes its fame to an American western writer, Zane Grey, who went there in 1936. Little has changed since then. ‘Bermi’, as most... Find out more


Wallagaraugh River 62 km

The Wallagaraugh River is in southern NSW and northern Victoria. It’s a big river, wide and deep in parts. Upstream, near where the Princes Highway crosses the river, it breaks out into pools. For anglers who... Find out more


Maramingo Creek 67 km

One of the most exciting, albeit also one of the most frustrating, days I experienced in an estuary took place in Maramingo Creek, an offshoot of the Genoa River. To get there, follow the Genoa River upstream from the... Find out more


Gipsy Point 68 km

If you are after dusky flathead and black bream, then Gipsy Point – which marks the junction of the Wallagaraugh and Genoa rivers – offers easy access to some of the best fishing in the inlet. To get there,... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost 25 km

Back Pedal Cycle Tours is an eco-certified tour company that offers a great range of supported, safe and family-friendly cycle tours, from single-day excursions in the Bega Valley, through to the three-day ‘Border... Find out more


Platypus-watching - Bombala 60 km

If you believe the hype, Bombala is the platypus capital of Australia and the locals stop just short of guaranteeing you a sighting. The best spot is the Platypus Reserve on the Bombala River (off Delegate Road) in the... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Narooma Golf Club 77 km

Narooma is a small coastal haven with world-class beaches. It has become renowned for the whales, seals and penguins attracted to the pristine waters offshore. But one of the town’s major attractions remains its... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Poppy’s Courtyard Cafe

The courtyard dining area of this popular cafe offers a restful garden setting for lunch, in the company of native birds. The chicken and avocado focaccia is deservedly popular, as are the all-day breakfasts, crepes and... Find out more


Zanzibar Cafe

A range of culinary delights awaits diners at this popular street cafe. Produce is sourced from all over the region, including fresh seafood from Eden and aged beef from Lakes Entrance. The dishes are savvy in their... Find out more


Campsites around town

Hobart Beach camping area 11 km

Spacious and well equipped, Hobart Beach camping area has shaded campsites, lovely picnic spots and excellent lookouts (Turingal Head is a favourite). A number of walking tracks fan out from here, and the park rangers... Find out more


Bega Caravan Park 23 km

Nestled into the lush and verdant Bega Valley, Bega Caravan Park is a well-appointed, comfortable place with a range of accommodation options – including motel-style units, cabins, and powered and unpowered tent... Find out more


Gillards Beach camping area 27 km

The Bermagui–Tathra Rd turns onto Gillards Rd, at the end of which you’ll find 70 camping sites and at night, grazing potaroos. You can swim, fish or take a long walk along the beautiful sandy beach. Bring... Find out more


Middle Beach camping area (walk-in camping) 29 km

Aptly named, this camping area is smack-bang in the middle of the national park’s coastline. To get here, take the Haighs Rd turn-off from the Bermagui–Tathra Rd, and look for Middle Beach Rd. If you hit... Find out more


Mowarry Point camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 29 km

With no facilities, this bush camping site is along the Light to Light walking track, 3 km north of Saltwater Creek. You can also walk in from the end of the road to the north, which passes by scenic Leatherjacket... Find out more


Saltwater Creek camping area 32 km

To get to Saltwater Creek camping area, follow the Princes Hwy 18 km south of Eden and turn onto Edrom then Green Cape then Duckhole rds. Turn east onto Saltwater Rd and follow it to the end. There’s fishing,... Find out more


Picnic Point camping area 32 km

With only 18 sites and no bookings taken at this camping area, you’ll just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Tent up amid gnarly banksias, then take your pick of swimming, fishing, picnicking or... Find out more


Six Mile Creek camping area 35 km

As you follow the Tantawangalo Mountain Rd to this campsite, you can inform your companions you’re travelling on a road originally constructed more than 150 years ago. Six Mile Creek is a refreshing and scenic... Find out more


Hegartys Bay camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 36 km

This is a bush camping site with no facilities, along the Light to Light walking track north of Bittangabee Bay. Access either via Bittangabee Bay or Saltwater Creek to the north. Bring your own drinking water; gas/fuel... Find out more


Aragunnu camping area 36 km

This northernmost campground can be accessed along Aragunnu Rd off the Bermagui–Tathra Rd, about 25 km south of Bermagui. There’s a short, easy walk linking the northern and southern picnic areas, and a 200 m... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Merimbula Beach NRMA Holiday Park 2 km

Perched on a headland looking out to sea, this quality park is in a great position. It has an excellent range of facilities including a shop and takeaway food. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach 6 km

This beachside park is one of our favourites in the popular family holiday region of the south coast of New South Wales. It has a pool complex, a licensed restaurant and spotless amenities, and is a great family park.... Find out more


Eden Tourist Park 18 km

Situated across the road from the beach, this place is 2 km from the town centre. A popular holiday park, it caters predominantly for tourists, offering good facilities. It is a good base from which to explore the area.... Find out more


Garden of Eden Caravan Park 18 km

This is a well-appointed, reasonably priced park in a great garden setting, just 2 km from the town centre. It is a good place for an overnight stay or for a longer holiday. Bookings are required in peak periods; pets... Find out more


Seabreeze Holiday Park 19 km

This is a very good quality park located across the road from the surf club, and just a stroll to local eateries. The features here are outstanding and include Austar television cabled to every site. Bookings are... Find out more


Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park 19 km

This good quality, absolute beachfront park is located in the heart of Tathra. Just stroll to the beach from your site or take a short walk to the town centre, restaurants or club. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Eden 21 km

Easily accessed from the highway, this picturesque park is located on the south side of Eden in a lovely beachfront position. It has a wide range of facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more


Bega Caravan Park 23 km

This well-managed park alongside the Princes Highway is on the southern approach to Bega. There are large grassy sites, modern amenities and pets are welcome. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Bermagui Tourist Park 54 km

Close to the centre of town, this good quality park is popular with holidaymakers. The park was so named because the American writer Zane Grey once had a fishing shack on this piece of land. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more


Wallagaraugh River Retreat 65 km

This park is located at the end of 8 km of good, unsealed road and the turn-off is well signposted on the Princes Highway, around 8 km east of Genoa. On the banks of the Wallagaraugh River, this is a secluded spot for... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Robyns Nest

Robyns Nest has an absolute waterfront location at Merimbula’s Top Lake, surrounded by bushland and rainforest that offers a plethora of wildlife and nature walks. There are six guest suites in the guesthouse and... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Adobe Mudbrick Holiday Flats, Mallacoota 74 km

These 12 rustic mudbrick flats were ecologically designed to avoid the need for air-conditioning, and have solar hot water and rainwater tanks. The 32-hectare surrounds are managed as a Land for Wildlife property,... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Yellowpinch Dam rest area 10 km

32km N of Eden (L) or 22km S of Bega (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.


Bega Lookout park area 28 km

5km N of Bega (R) or 72km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the lookout.


East Boyd Forest rest area 35 km

89km NE of Cann River (L) or 19km SW of Eden (L)

Just off the highway behind the trees. On both sides of the highway.


Scrubby Creek rest area 38 km

86km NE of Cann River (L) or 22km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.


Bemboka rest area 41 km

At Bemboka

Just off the highway at the recreation centre. Camping and showers available for a fee.


Quaama rest area 47 km

31km N of Bega (R) or 46km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the turn-off into Quaama.


Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 53 km

14km W of Bemboka (L) or 62km SE of Cooma (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.


Wallagaraugh River rest area 56 km

65km NE of Cann River (L) or 43km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.


Mystery Bay camping area 68 km

T/O to Mystery Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.


Nimmitabel park area 70 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.


Genoa rest area 71 km

48km NE of Cann River (L) or 61km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway on the north side of a river (at a disused caravan park).


Corunna Lake park area 72 km

71km N of Bega (L) or 6km S of Narooma (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.


Bodalla Forest Park rest area 84 km

9km N of Narooma (L) or 32km S of Moruya (R)

Secluded well off the road in the forest.


Thurra River rest area 94 km

11km E of Cann River (L) or 98km SW of Eden (R)

Secluded off the highway in the forest.


What's on around town

Seaside Markets: Ford Oval; 3rd Sun each month. Merimbula Cup horserace: Mar. 

Jazz Festival: June. 

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